Msgr. Ed Meulemans was my pastor when I arrived at the Cathedral as a newly ordained priest in 1997. Over the years he has been a great friend and mentor, teaching me many lessons about discipleship and priesthood. May he rest in peace!
The reading from Philippians offers a powerful teaching about Jesus, who emptied and humbled himself for the salvation of our souls. As the Lord’s disciples we acknowledge that our journey to heaven will lead us along a similar path as we share our lives with one another.
Sometimes we can get caught up in social status, cherishing feelings of importance and respect. In the Gospel today Jesus reminds us that true greatness lies in how we offer our lives, directing us away from external accolades and turning us toward the beauty of a life of humble service.
As Jesus calls and empowers the Twelve to be Apostles, we see how the Lord continues to work in our lives…calling us to follow and then sending us into the world to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Gospel today reminds us that seeing and listening to Jesus is not enough to foster our faith; rather, we already have what we need to respond to the Lord in our hearts for the grace that God extends to us all.